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Systematic Build-up of Knowledge from Undergraduate to Masters and PhD Levels


The Global Leaders Program is integrated into a systematic curriculum unique to the Faculty of Economics at Hitotsubashi. All specialized courses are clearly marked for level of difficulty (our so-called “100-” to “400-level core” courses), so that students can make steady progress through different levels of instruction within a given area of study. From 2013, we have added a number of new courses, both required and elective, to support the program and we have also significantly increased the number of courses offered in English.


Within any particular academic field that we cover, students can take advantage of our systematized course ladder and begin with an introductory (100-level) and basic (200-level) courses and then go on to enroll in an intermediate (300-level) course, applying and expanding on the knowledge already acquired. For further specialization, students can take 400-level courses designed for advanced undergraduate or Masters-level studies and 500-level courses (advanced graduate level). This provides a structured environment for seamless scholastic progress over all academic stages.



100-level core courses

Four courses required

Introduction to Economics, Introductory Economic Thought, Introductory Statistics, Introduction to Economic History

200-level core courses

Two courses required from two different categories

Introductory Microeconomics, Introductory Macroeconomics, Basic Econometrics, Basic Mathematics for Economics, Basic Microeconomics (in English), Basic Macroeconomics (in English)

400-level core courses

One course required to complete Master’s program

Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Intermediate Econometrics, Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Advanced Political Economy, Advanced EconometricsⅠ, Comparative Economic History

Non-core courses

relevant to GLP and courses conducted in English

200-level:Economic English, Area Studies Methodology, International Field Studies, Seminar, Basic Seminar, Selected Topics in Economics

International Economics, Development Economics, Macroeconomics,

Banking and Finance B, Statistics


Mathematics for Economics Ⅰ, Economic Systems Ⅰ, Public Economics,

International Economics Ⅰ, Labor Economics Ⅰ, Industrial Economics Ⅰ,

Game Theory Ⅰ, Advanced Mathematics Ⅰ, Regional Economies B,

International Economic Policy Ⅰ, Special Lecture, Academic and Professional Presentation, Research-Based Academic Writing


List of Courses in Economics (Offered in English), Faculty of Economics, 2017-2018

List of Courses in English Communication, Faculty of Economics, 2017-2018


Broad-Ranging Academic Coverage


The curriculum at the Faculty of Economics can be categorized into three broad areas of academic study: “Economic Theory and Economic Statistics”, “Applied Economics”, and “Economic History and Regional Economies”. These are further divided into more specific research units and we offer our students a wide variety of specialized courses within each of them.